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Timeless: The Classics
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Album: Timeless: The Classics
# Song Title   Time
1)    Since I Fell for You
2)    To Love Somebody
3)    Reach Out (I'll Be There)
4)    You Send Me
5)    Yesterday
6)    Hold on, I'm Coming
7)    Bring It on Home to Me
8)    Knock on Wood
9)    Drift Away
10)    White Christmas
 

Album: Timeless: The Classics
# Song Title   Time
1)    Since I Fell for You
2)    To Love Somebody
3)    Reach Out (I'll Be There)
4)    You Send Me
5)    Yesterday
6)    Hold on, I'm Coming
7)    Bring It on Home to Me
8)    Knock on Wood
9)    Drift Away
10)    White Christmas
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Michael Bolton, The Four Tops (vocals); Dean Parks, Michael Thompson, Michael Landau (guitar); Joel Peskin (saxophone); Tower Of Power (horns); Walter Afanasieff (piano, organ, keyboards, synthesized bass, programming); Ian Underwood, Randy Kerber (piano); Greg Phillinganes (organ); David Foster, Robbie Buchanan (keyboard); Randy Jackson, Nathan East, Neil Stubenhaus (bass); John Robinson (drums).
  • Tower Of Power Horns: Emilio Castillo, Gary Herbig (tenor saxophone); Stephen "Doc" Kupka (baritone saxophone); Greg Adams (trumpet); Lee Thornberg (trombone, trumpet).
  • Producers: David Foster, Michael Bolton, Walter Afanasieff.
  • Engineers include: Bill Schnee, Dave Reizas, Dana Jon Chappelle.
  • Recorded at Conway Studios, Ocean Way Recording, The Plant Recording Studios, California; Passion Studios, Connecticut; The Hit Factory, New York.
  • Personnel: Michael Bolton (vocals); Dean Parks (guitar, acoustic guitar); Michael Thompson (guitar, electric guitar); Jeff Mironov, Michael Landau, Vernon "Ice" Black (guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Harry Shirinian (violin, viola); Gerald Vinci, Assa Drori, Don Palmer, Harris Goldman, Ronald Folsom, Dorothy Wade, William Hybel, Russ Cantor, Norma Leonard, Mari Tsumura-Botnick, Reginald Hill, Rene Mandel, Betty Moore, Michael Ferril, Karen Jones , Lisa Johnson , Robert Brosseau, Henry Ferber, Gwen Heller, Claudia Parducci, Dixie Blackstone, Irma Neumann, Robert Sushel, Isabelle Daskoff, Kathleen Lenski , Sheldon Sanov, Armen Garabedian, Michael Markman, Berj Garabedian, Haim Shtrum (violin); Carole Mukogawa, Dan Neufeld, Kazi Pitelka, Raymond Tischer, Linn Subotnick, Cynthia Morrow, Brian Dembow, Roland Kato, Alan de Veritch, Denyse Buffum, Mihail Zinovyev (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Tina Soule, Chris Ermacoff, Jude Johnson, Jodi Burnett, Ronald Cooper, Robert Adcock, Anne Karam, Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Dane Little, Marie Fera, Frederick Seykora (cello); Joel Peskin (woodwinds, saxophone); Dan Higgins , Donald Ashworth, Gary Foster , Marty Kristall, Jack Nimitz, Glenn Garrett, Jon Clarke, Bob Sheppard (woodwinds); Emilio Castillo, Gary Herbig (tenor saxophone); Stephen "Doc" Kupka (baritone saxophone); Lee Thornberg, Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone); Greg Adams (trumpet); David Duke , James Atkinson , Jeffrey DeRosa, Calvin Smith , Brian O'Connor , Richard Todd , Brad Warnaar (French horn); Randy Kerber (piano, electric piano); Walter Afanasieff (piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Greg Phillinganes (piano, organ); Ian Underwood (piano); Robbie Buchanan, David Foster (keyboards); Gary Cirimelli (Synclavier, programming, sampler, background vocals); Ren Klyce (Synclavier, programming, sampler); John "J.R." Robinson , John "4 Daddman" Robinson, Nathan East (drums); Larry Bunker (percussion); Claytoven Richardson, Yvette Williams, Carla Hart, Kathy Garnett-Thompson, Ellecia Pitts, Janice Harrison, Stephanie Rockwell, Kenneth Day, Sharon Cravin, Angela Brinn, Yvonne Hairston, Mary Lloyd, Clyde Schofield, Tim Godfrey, Rodney Finney, Pat Hawk, Steve Fowlkes, Miriam Tajonera, Janis Liebhart, Ken Moore, Monalisa Young, Rev. Patrick Henderson, Portia Griffin, The Four Tops, Vann Johnson, Yvonne Williams, Carmen Twillie (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Dana Jon Chappelle; Al Schmidt; Al Schmitt; Mick Guzauski.
  • Liner Note Author: Michael Bolton.
  • Recording information: A&M Studios AndWestlake Studios, CA; Conway And Ocean Way Recording, CA; Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Hit Factory, NY; Passion Studio, CT; The Plant Recording Studios, CA.
  • Photographer: Matthew Rolston.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: PH1 Choir; Michael Thompson ; Tower of Power.
  • Arrangers: Greg Adams ; Johnny Mandel; Michael Bolton; Rev. Patrick Henderson.
  • It's hard to resist the notion that Michael Bolton, who took considerable flak in the press for storming the charts with copycat reproductions of '60s soul hits -- "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," "Georgia On My Mind," "When A Man Loves A Woman" -- felt "suddenly compelled," as he put it here in a sleeve note, to devote an entire album to cover songs after publicly confronting his critics at the Grammy Awards ceremony in February 1992. "I believe that a great song can live forever," he also noted, and it may be added that one definition of a standard is that it can survive any treatment -- there's not much you can do to "Yesterday" or "White Christmas" at this point, and those attracted to Bolton's phlegmy approach doubtless appreciated having his takes on them. On the other hand, as with his previous R&B appropriations, versions of songs like The Four Tops' "Reach Out I'll Be There" and Sam And Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'" only succeeded in confirming Bolton's inferiority to his predecessors. Perhaps the most appropriate matchup (and the album's hit single) was The Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody": hacks meet hack, and the result is a draw. Still, it's hard to get through an entire Michael Bolton album without pondering the question-- how long can you stay that choked up without actually asphyxiating? ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Q (11/92, p.100) - 3 Stars - Good - "...the supersheen hi-gloss of the arrangements and production seem likely to guarantee multi-platinum sales and further Grammy glory in 1993..."

Stereo Review (2/93, p.119) - Performance: "A mixed blessing"/Recording: "Very good" - "...It's easy to fault Michael Bolton for building his career on songs and styles borrowed from earlier rhythm-and-blues artists....It is also difficult to ignore him..."
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